A Giving Campus Makes Holidays Happy for Scores of Youngsters
As they have for so many years, Penn College employees and students can take pride in knowing they made someone smile this holiday season. A total of 60 “someones,” in fact – 60 youngsters, from infants to 12-year-olds – whose ornaments were pulled from The Giving Tree. An annual Bush Campus Center tradition, this year supervised by Diversity and Community Engagement, the tree is adorned with children’s wishes collected by The Salvation Army. Students, faculty/staff, organizations and offices fulfill those dreams, filling gift bags with on behalf of children in need within the Williamsport area.
Photo by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist
Last updated December 8, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Students | Leave a comment
College Faculty Help High-Schoolers Crack ‘Code’
High school students from as far as Warren County in northwestern Pennsylvania and Chester County in the state’s southeastern corner were among those participating in an “Hour of Code” event at Penn College on Thursday. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. At Penn College, the students gathered for a “Coding Unplugged” activity with Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology. Later, they toured campus and practiced coding Ozobots with Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, and Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology. A project of the nonprofit Code.org, the Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Most Hour of Code events are scheduled during Computer Science Education Week. The week coincides with the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was born Dec. 9, 1906.
Last updated December 8, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology | Leave a comment
Baking/Pastry Students Mark Madigan Milestone in ‘Grand’ Fashion
Students in the baking and pastry arts major coordinated a grand buffet Saturday that served as a capstone to their associate degree and as a gesture of gratitude to those whose gifts support the applied-technology education provided by Penn College. For the students, the buffet is the final project in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course. Taught by Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, the course incorporates skills learned throughout the students’ associate-degree education. In addition to carefully planning the presentation, each student produced edible centerpieces and a variety of decadent pastries. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Madigan Library, which opened to students in 2006. Invited guests included donors to the library and members of the college’s 1914 Society. “Whether a donation is turned into a book or a study carrel or an online resource, it becomes part of the brick and mortar of this building, a resource used innumerable times by a continuous array of students and faculty,” said Tracey Amey, library director, who joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in offering remarks to the guests. “I have the privilege of seeing your donations in action every day, and I offer a deep and heartfelt ‘Thank you.’”
Last updated December 7, 2016 | Posted in Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Events, Students | Leave a comment
Turning Castoffs Into Couture
The “Trashion Fashion Show,” industrial design student Ashley E. Mahaffey’s senior project with a (re)purpose, was a clear crowd-pleaser in Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. The Hughesville resident crafted clothing and accessories from discarded newspapers, magazines and the like, enlisting four friends to model them and eliciting considerable applause as each was unveiled. “Ashley was very happy with the results and very brave in embarking on a project like this,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design and Mahaffey’s capstone adviser. “She had great assistance by an industry expert, Valerie Beggs, and put tons of energy, enthusiasm and intellect into the project.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated December 7, 2016 | Posted in Events, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
Curator’s Tour Closes Fiber Arts Exhibit
A curator’s tour of the popular “Connected by Stitch” exhibit is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in The Gallery at Penn College.
Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.
“Connected by Stitch,” a juried exhibition showcasing a wide range of 2-D and 3-D fiber art, opened on Oct. 22 and is set to close Thursday, Dec. 8.
The curator’s tour will be led by Meredith Eachus Armstrong and intends to be an insightful survey of the artwork, the exhibiting artists, the curation process and an overview of contemporary quilt-making techniques utilized by artists in the show.
Last updated December 6, 2016 | Posted in Events, Gallery | Leave a comment
Student’s Work Brings Branding Upgrade to On-Campus Venue
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Patissier – translated “the young pastry chef” – recently employed new visual branding, courtesy of a graphic design student’s senior project work.
As a student, Breanne M. Chandler, who received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the college in May, was a regular customer at Le Jeune Patissier at the Market, an on-campus venue for baking and pastry arts students to learn about bakeshop production and managing a retail bakery.
“One day, I joked with Chef Charles (R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, whose classes operate the Le Jeune Patissier sales) that he should have a customer punch card so students like me could earn free pastries,” Chandler said. “I told him that I would even design a card for him. At that time, my motivation for designing for Le Jeune Patissier at The Market was purely centered on my small college student wallet and my big appetite for sweets.”
Last updated December 6, 2016 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College Industrial Design Student Excels in Industry Setting
The inquisitive, hard-working student faced a dilemma when pondering college. She possessed considerable artistic talent, yet loved to study people and the reasons behind their actions. Confronted with the career-path choice, she picked psychology over art and enrolled at a community college.
A year later, the student decided to scrap her psychology track and bridge her disparate interests by transferring to Pennsylvania College of Technology as an industrial design major.
If her performance at a recent internship is an accurate gauge, Jasmin Vega made the right decision.
Vega – a Clifton, New Jersey, native, who resides in nearby Woodland Park – excelled interning for IBC Shell Packaging in Lake Success, New York. The company designs, engineers and manufactures packaging, displays and giftware for global brands, including many in the luxury, spirits and beauty sectors.
Last updated December 6, 2016 | Posted in Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
Traditional ‘Snow Ball’ Adds to End-of-Semester Joy
More than 80 people attended the Wildcat Events Board’s annual Snow Ball, held from 8-11 p.m. Friday in the Thompson Professional Development Center. The semi-formal – with a masquerade theme this year – included music from Monster Sound DJ Services, appetizers and beverages.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated December 6, 2016 | Posted in Events, Students | Leave a comment
Gaming Students Present Final Projects to CC Audience
Students from the information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major who are completing the capstone course presented their senior projects to fellow students, faculty and the community over multiple days in Penn’s Inn. “The presentations provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work, as well as describe their learning from both designing and implementing the project,” explained Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated December 6, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Students’ Self-Expression Blooms in Art Elective
Students in Karen R. Ruhl’s “The Art of Floral Design” class proudly displayed their final projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center this past week. The students – most of them culinary students, with the exception of a dental hygiene major – chose a design style in consultation with their instructor, an award-winning Penn College alumna and owner of Special Occasion Florals in Williamsport. “These kids are great and most of them have never had any floral experience. This class allows students to be safe in expressing themselves in a new art form, and they learn a skill they can use forever,” Ruhl said. “Floral art is a different kind of outlet for most people and, as you can see, with a little basic understanding of elements and principles, one can create a beautiful work of art.”
Photos by Davie Jane Gilmour, college president, and
Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies
Last updated December 5, 2016 | Posted in Students | 3 Comments
Poinsettias Still Available for Purchase at ESC Greenhouse
The poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where there remain lots of red and red glitter, as well as limited inventory of pink, white and burgundy. Among items for sale are pan centerpieces for $4 each, 6 1/2-inch pots for $7 and 7-inch pots for $9. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last. The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture
Last updated December 4, 2016 | Posted in Events, Landscape/Horticulture, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Penn College Hoops Teams Coming Off 0-7 Week
Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams were a combined 0-7 last week, 0-6 as they began play in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
Last updated December 4, 2016 | Posted in Sports, Wildcat Weekly | Leave a comment
Penn College Welcomes New Employee
PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.
Last updated December 4, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Year-End Traditions Make It Clear: Finals Week Will Soon Be Here!
Thursday’s “Up All Night” events across campus marked the imminent end of another semester at Penn College. A total of 658 hungry scholars were served at the popular Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room; and Madigan Library tempered the butterflies with extended hours and a visit between 70-some students and eight very affectionate instructional aides.
Last updated December 2, 2016 | Posted in Events, Students | This gallery contains 11 photos. | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment